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Lucía Gallego

Country of origin: Spain Currently in: Spain, Bilbao General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background

Degrees

2018 Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

I am the head of the Acinetobacter baumannii Research Group working on mechanisms of resistance to carbapenems (carbapenemases and plasmids as its genetic support) and persistance in the hospital environment. The aim of our research is to adquire relevant knowledge about the mechanisms of multidrug-resistance of clinical isolates producing OXA-type carbapenemases in our country and in Bolivia and its relationship with human health and illness.

Research Keywords: 
Acinetobacter baumannii
Antibiotic resistance
Nosocomial infection
Plasmids
Bacterial genotyping

Publications resulting from Research: 


- First detection of the blaOXA-23 gene in a multidrug-resistant A. baumannii clinical isolate from Bolivia. Journal of Infections in Developing Countries 2016 (in press).
- Carbapenem-resistant and carbapenem-susceptible isogenic isolates of Klebsiella pneumonia ST101 causing infection in a tertiary hospital. BMC Microbiology 2015, 15: 177 (1-8)
- New targets for treatment,prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii isolates causing nosocomial infections. Journal of Microbioly & Experimentation 2015, 2 (4):00051 (1-3).
- Multi-drug resistance profiles and the genetic features of Acinetobacter baumannii isolates from Bolivia. Journal of Infections in Developing Countries 2013, 7 (4):323-328
- Genetic mapping of the region containing the blaoxa-40 gene in isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii from Northern Spain”. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 2012, 39: 448-454.
- Emergence and clonal dissemination of carbapenem-hydrolysing OXA-58-producing Acinetobacter baumannii isolates in Bolivia. Journal of Medical Microbiology January 2012, 61: 80-84.
- Determination of carbapenemases and its genetic support in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii obtained in hospitals of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Biofarbo, 2009, vol 17(1):30-38.
- First detection of the OXA-40 carbapenemase in P. aeruginosa isolates, located on a plasmid also found in Acinetobacter baumannii .Pathologie Biologie 2009, 57 (6) : 493-495.
- Resistance to antibiotics in clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Pathologie Biologie 2006 , 54: 493-497.
- The evolution of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii isolates obtained from elderly patients with respiratory tract infections. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2006, vol. 57: 1220-1222.
- Long term dissemination of an OXA-40 carbapenemase-producing Acinetobacter baumannii clone in iberian peninsula. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2004, vol. 54 no. 1: 255-257
- Detection of carbapenemases in clones of Acinetobacter baumannii resistant to imipenem. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica , 2004, vol. 22 (nº05):262-266.
- Endemic carbapenem resistance associated with OXA-40 carbapenemase amongst Acinetobacter baumannii isolates from a hospital in Northern Spain. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2002, 40 (12):4741-4743.
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection-colonization in patients with bronchiectasis or COPD. Clinical features, microbiology and outcome. Gaceta Médica de Bilbao, 2002, vol 99:63-68.
- Comparative evaluation of three commercial software packages for analysis of DNA polymorphism patterns. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 2001 vol. 7: 331-336.
- Carriage of class 1 integrons and antibiotic resistance in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii from Northern Spain. Journal of Medical Microbiology 2001, vol. 50: 71-77.
- Specific and rapid identification of multiple-antibiotic resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa clones isolated in an intensive care unit. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 2000, vol. 36: 65-68.
- Epidemiological analysis of sequential Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from chronic bronchiectasis patients without cystic fibrosis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 1999, vol. 37, nº6: 2071-2073.
- Typing of C. albicans isolates obtained from an ICU using PCR. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica, 1998, vol.16:9-13.
- Diagnosis of candidosis by amplification of small subunit of 18s RNA gene. Revista Iberoamericana de Micologia., 1997, vol.14 (1): 23 - 25
- Detection of hepatitis c virus RNA in serum and peripheral blood mononuclear cells in patients with chronic hepatitis c treated with interferon alpha. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 1996, vol. 15 (11): 887 - 890.
- Microbiologic aspects of the antibacterial effects of ceftriaxone. Revista Española de Quimioterapia, 1996, vol. 9 (3): 11 - 22
- New methodologies to detect HPV. Revista Ibero-latinoamericana de Enfermedades de Transmision Sexual, 1996, vol. 10 (1): 27 - 33
- Application of new methodologies to the study of the resistance to antimicrobial agents. Forhos, 1996 nº 6: 3 - 9
- Third multi-center study of the in vitro activity of ofloxacine vs. ciprofloxacine during 1994. Revista Española de Quimioterapia, 1995, vol. 8 (3): 236 - 240
- Evaluation of the in vitro antimicrobial activity of ofloxacin in Spain. Recent Advances in Chemotherapy. ed. European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 1994, vol.1 p: 294-295
- Spanish multicenter study of enterobacterial resistance to cefotaxime. Recent Advances in Chemotherapy. ed. European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 1994, vol. 1, p: 125-127
- Multicenter study of the in Vitro activity of ofloxacine. Revista Española de Quimioterapia,1993, vol. 6: 160 - 163
- Production of HBV from linfocites stimulated with phitohemaglutinin. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica, 1993, vol. 11 (4): 187 - 189
- Oligonucleotide probes to characterize TEM-1 and TEM-2 betalactamases in salmonella isolates. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica, 1993, vol. 1 (5): 250 - 254
- Third multicenter study of resistance to cefotaxime: detection and characterization of broad-spectrum betalactamases. Revista Española de Quimioterapia., 1993, vol. 5 (4): 301 - 306
- Application of PCR to detect mutations in genes coding betalactamases Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica, 1993, vol. 11 (2): 80 - 83
- Molecular study of resistance to ampicillin in clinical isolates of salmonella. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica, 1992, vol. 10 (10): 597- 601
- Hybridization experiments with a digoxigenin-labeled probe to detect HDV isolates.. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica,1992, vol. 10 (8): 470- 473
- Obtention of a digoxigenein-labeled probe to detect TEM-type betalactamases using PCR. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica., 1992, vol. 10 (4): 220 - 223
- Antimicrobial resistance in salmonella strains isolated in a hospital of Bilbao, Spain from 1987 to 1990. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica, 1992, vol. 10 (2): 89 - 96
- Multicenter study of the resistance to cefotaxime during the year 1991: detection and characterization of new betalactamases. Revista Española de Quimioterapia., 1991, vol. 4 (2): 137 - 144
- New approaches for the detection of betalactamases. Revista Española de Quimioterapia, 1990, vol. 3 (3): 216 - 218
- Digoxigenin-labeled DNA probe to detect TEM type betalactamases. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 1990, vol. 11: 261 - 267.
- Distribution of plasmidic betalactamases in gram-negative rods. Revista Española de Quimioterapia, 1989, vol. 2: 227 - 231
- Comparative activity of amoxicillim and amoxicillin/clavulanic acid against multidrug-resistant enterobacteria. Revista Española de Quimioterapia. 1989, vol. 3: 86 - 89
- Transference of plasmidic betalactamases between enterobacterial strains. Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica,1989, vol. 7 (4): 189 - 194
- Study of the activity of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid in nosocomial isolates. Revista Española de Microbiologia Clinica, 1988, vol. 1: 68 – 73

Books:
- “ Molecular techniques for detection and control of nosocomial infections caused by Acinetobacter baumannii” in Science against Microbial Pathogens: Communicating Current Research and Technological Advances, Microbiology Book Series-2011 Edition, vol 1, p. 495-503 Ed: A. Méndez-Vilas, Formatex Research Center ISBN (13): 978-84-939843-1-1
- “ Analysis of plasmids as genetic support of carbapenemase OXA-40 in multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii isolates” in Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Microbiology Series-2010 Edition, Number 2, vol 1, p. 520-528. Ed: A. Méndez-Vilas, Formatex Research Center ISBN (13): 978-84-614-6194-3.
- “Sistemas de estudio de la actividad de los antimicrobianos por metodos geneticos” en Sistemas de estudio de la actividad de los antimicrobianos Coordinador: Manuel Casal Roman Edit: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba. 1995. pag:93 - 101. ISBN 84-7801-292-3
- “Poxvirus y adenovirus” en Microbiologia Medica General Coordinador: J. A. Garcia Rodriguez y J. Picazo Edit: Mosby, Doyma libros, Madrid. 1996. pag:439 - 451. ISBN 84-8174-170-1
- Genotipado molecular de microorganismos de importancia medica. Memoria 1996. edit: ed. por Bristol-Myers Squibb, Madrid. 1997. pag:1-129
- “Poxvirus, adenovirus, papilomavirus y parvovirus” en Compendio de Microbiologia Medica Coordinador: J. A. Garcia Rodriguez y J. J. Picazo Edit: Harcourt Brace, Doyma libros, Madrid. 1999. pag: 284 - 291. ISBN 84-8174-378-X

On-line courses: Open Course Ware, University of the Basque Country (in Spanish, English and Basque language versions)“Methods in Molecular Biology for detection and control of pathogenic bacteria” , 2011

Congress published in journals, books or CD format :
- Typing of actinomycetes by DNA amplification techniques. Journal of Microbiological Methods/abstracts , 1997, vol.30:245
- Reliability of AP-PCR and ERIC-PCR for typing Acinetobacter baumannii isolates from different sources. Journal of Microbiological Methods/abstracts, 1997, vol.30:245
- Random amplified polymorphic DNA as a typing method to differenciate Candida albicans strains. Journal of Microbiological Methods/abstracs.1996, vol. 27 (1): 107 - 107
- Diagnosis of candidemia by polymerase chain reaction. Journal of Microbiological Methods/abstracts. 1996, vol. 27 (1): 106 – 107
- “Analysis of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii isolates as emerging pathogens in hospitals of Cochabamba, Bolivia” Bit by bit. Unit to unit. Educational environments in cooperation, 2010, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, ISBN: 978-84-614-0680-7

RESEARCH GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
- 2014-2015: “Proyecto Iberoamericano para el diseño de medidas eficaces para el control de la resistencia a los antibióticos en aislamientos clínicos de Acinetobacter baumannii” University of the Basque Country
- 2013-2015: “Colonization of abiotic surfaces and resistance to disinfectants: persistance of Acinetobacter baumannii under stress conditions” University of the Basque Country
- 2012-2015: “High throught screening and functional analysis of antisense RNAs with new roles in Escherichia coli stress responses” Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spanish Government
- 2004: Equipment funding from University of the Basque Country
- 2012-2013. “Survival of Acinetobacter baumannii in the hospital environment”. University of the Basque Country
- 2010-2015: “ Identification of factors controlling bacterial responses to stress in Escherichia coli and Vibrio harvery” Basque Country Government.
- 2010-2011: “Control of gene expression by RNAse E and small regulatory RNAs” Ikerbasque, Basque Goverment
- 2009-2010: “ Use of PFGE technique to detect and analyse plasmids in A. baumannii isolates” University of the Basque Country
- 2008-2009: “ PCR-fingerprinting to control pathogenic bacteria resistant to antibiotics obtained in hospital of Cochabamba, Bolivia” University of the Basque Country, International Office
- 2008-2009: “Development of genetic technology to detect and control resistance to carbapenem antibiotics in hospitals of Cochabamba city, Bolivia “ Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, Foreing Office (A/9758/07)
- 2005-2007: Funding for a PhD Student from the Foreign Office (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Spanish Government)
- 2005-2009: Funding for a PhD Student from the University of the Basque Country
- 2003-2005: “Identification and genetic characterization of new carbapenemases responsible for resistance to imipenem in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii and study of related integrons” from University of the Basque Country (1/UPV 00093.327-E-15284/2003)
-2005: Equipment funding from University of the Basque Country
-2003-2007: Funding for a PhD Student from the Universidad del País Vasco
-2003: Equipment funding from University of the Basque Country
-2001-2002: “Detection and identification of integrons and the corresponding genes coding resistance to antibiotics in clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa y Acinetobacter baumannii” from University of the Basque Country (1/UPV 00093.327-E-13711/2001)
-2002: Equipment funding from University of the Basque Country
-2001-2002: “Study of M. kansasii infections in Bilbao and development of an epidemiologic survey using molecular biology techniques” from Fondo de Investigación de la Seguridad Social- Instituto de Salud Carlos III
-1998: Equipment funding from University of the Basque Country
-1997-1998: “Development and application of techniques for genetic characterization of gram-negative rods resistan to antibiotics: Pseudomonas aeruginosa y Acinetobacter spp.” from University of the Basque Country (UPV 093.327-EA012/97)
-1997-2001: Funding for a PhD Student from the University of the Basque Country
-1996-1997: “ DNA amplification techniques for the genetic characterization of medically important: Random y Arbitrarily Primed PCR vs. PCR-ribotyping” from University of the Basque Country (UPV 093.327-EA161/96)
-1996-2000: Funding for a PhD Student from the Basque Goverment
-1995-1996: “Genotyping of microorganisms resistant to antibiotics : RFLP and PCR” from University of the Basque Country (UPV 093.327-EA073/95)
-1996: Equipment funding from University of the Basque Country
-1996: “Genotyping of medically important microorganisms” from Bristol-Myers, s.a.
-1994-1995: “Characterization of the resistance to betalactam antibiotics in P. aeruginosa isolates: permeability, encimes and PBP loss” from Basque Goverment, Department of Education (PI93101)
-1993-1994: “DNA probes to detect and characterize resistance to antibiotics” from Basque Goverment, Department of Education (11-0812)
-1993: “Application of Molecular Biology techniques to study resistance in HIV isolates” from University of the Basque Country
-1991-1993: “Oligonucleotide probes to detect, characterize and epidemiologicaol control of the new broad-spectrum betalactamases” from Spanish Government, Ministry of Education and Science (92/0767)
-1991-1992: “Oligonucleotide probes to detect and characterize new betalactamases” from University of the Basque Country
-1989-1990: “New methodologies for the diagnosis of HBV and HDV infections” from University of the Basque Country
-1989-1990: “Induction of betalactamases in nosocomial isolates of gram-negative rods” from University of the Basque Country
-1989-1990: “Application of new methodologies to the diagnosis of infections and resistance to antibiotics”” from Basque Goverment (Department of Public Health).
-1988-1989: “Development of two new techniques to detect plasmidic betalactamases: DNA probes and monoclonal antibodies” from University of the Basque Country (UPV 093.327/88)
-1987-1988: “Characterization of plasmidic betalactamases and its distribution among gram-negative flora in a spanish hospital” from University of the Basque Country (UPV 093.327-1987)

Direction of PhD Thesis: 9
“Identification and genetic characterization of the carbapenemase OXA-58 in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii resistant to imipenem from hospitals of Cochabamba, Bolivia” University of the Basque Country 2013
“Study and characterization of plasmids as genetic support of the carbapenemase OXA-40 in isoates of Acinetobacter baumannii“ University of the Basque Country 2012
“Characterization of the plasmid pAb40 and other virulence factors in multidrug-resistance clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii “ University of the Basque Country 2010
“Detection of the carbapenemase OXA-40 in clinical isolatees of Pseudomonas aeruginosa resistant to imipenem and preliminary study of its genetic support” University of the Basque Country 2007
“Detection of carbapenemases and identification of the new enzyme OXA.40 in clones of Acinetobacter baumannii resistant to imipenem” University of the Basque Country 2004
“Antibiotic resistance in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii:clones, class 1 integrons as new mechanisms of resistance and study of the evolution from 1999 to 2002” University of the Basque Country 2003
“Development of genetic typing techniques and study of the resistance to antibiotics in clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from patientes with chronic bronchiectasis” University of the Basque Country 2002
“Development of Molecular Biology techniques to study nosocomial infection caused by Candida albicans” University of the Basque Country 1997
“Molecular Biology techniques to detect Toxoplasma gondii in clinical samples” University of the Basque Country 1997

Direction of Master & Graduate thesis: 13


VISITS TO LABORATORIES
- Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, United Kingdom Department of Molecular Microbioloy from June to August, 2011 Supervisor: Dr. Sebastian G.B. Aymes
- University Hospital, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom Department of Medical Microbioloy, Division of Infectious Diseases, “Typing unit” 2008, 2002, 2000, 1999 . Supervisor: Dr. Kevin J. Towner
- St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry London, United Kingdom. Department of Medical Microbiology 1997,1990. Supervisors Dr . David M. Livermore and Dr. Mark Wilks
- Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain. Dpto de Biología Molecular, Facultad de Medicina 1989-1990. Supervisor: Dr. Juan M. García-Lobo

REVIEWER OF THE FOLLOWING JOURNALS: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy , Clinical Microbiology and Infection, Molecular & Cellular Probes, Journal of Microbiological Methods, African Journal of Microbiological Research”, World Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases (Member of the Editorial Committee), Journal of Microbiology & Experimentation, BAOJ Microbiology


EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA OF COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

1- Promotion and responsible for agreement, academic and student exchange programs between the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain) and the following universities:
- University Mayor de San Simón (Cochabamba, Bolivia) to promote internationalization and to engage in an academic student and faculty exchange program (2009- )
- University of Concepción (Concepción, Chile) to promote internationalization and to engage in an academic student and faculty exchange program (2015- )

2- Research Grants:
- 2014: University of the Basque Country
- 2008-2009: University of Basque Country
- 2008-2009: Spanish Agency for International Cooperation

3- Academic Grants:
- 2014. University of the Basque Country
- 2008. University of the Basque Country

4- Conferences, Workshops, Symposia

- III Basque-Chilean of Biomedic Research. Santiago de Chile, November 2015
Invited speaker “Redes de Colaboración en Investigación Europa-América Latina” and Chairwoman
- INDIA BILBAO CONGRESS 2015 / ENCUENTRO CON INDIA “SOCIEDAD, EDUCACIÓN y ARTE” Bilbao, 11 & 12 November 2015
- III Jornadas de Educación, Desarrollo, Tecnología y Cooperación. Bit a Bit. De unidad a unidad. Entornos educativos en cooperación.Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 2010. Scientific Committee and Invited Speaker
- III Jornadas de Educación, Desarrollo, Tecnología y Cooperación. Bit a Bit. De unidad a unidad. Entornos educativos en cooperación Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 2010.Oral Presentation. Publication: ISBN 978-84-614-0680-7
- II Jornadas sobre Desarrollo, Tecnología y Sociedad. Ingeniería Sin Fronteras País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Mugarik Gabeko Ingeniaritza. Bilbao, Spain, 2010
- IV Conferencia de Latinoamericanas en las Ciencias Exactas y de la Vida. Guatemala city, Guatemala, 2009
- 2as. Jornadas de Educación, Desarrollo, Tecnología y Cooperación. Nuevas formas en cooperación: Educación y TIC Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 2009. Invited speaker
- 3er. Congreso Cientifico Nacional de la Organización Boliviana de Mujeres en Ciencias . La Paz, Bolivia, 2008. Oral presentation

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES IN POSTGRADUATE COURSES

- Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile 2015: summer course “Acinetobacter baumannii: del ambiente al medio ambiente hospitalario”
- Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia, 2014: “Maestría en Microbiología Clínica” & Conference for the Student’s Society: “Acinetobacter baumannii patógeno emergente responsable de infecciones multirresistentes en hospitales de Cochabamba (Bolivia) y Bilbao (España)”
-Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba , Bolivia, 2008: “Maestría en Microbiología Clínica” & Conferences for the Student’s Society:: “Estudio genético de aislamientos multirresistentes de Acinetobacter baumannii productores de carbapenemasa OXA-40” and “Acinetobacter baumannii patógeno emergente en infecciones nosocomiales”
- Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, 2003; Course “Biología de Plásmidos Bacterianos y de la Resistencia a los Antimicrobiamos”

PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY

-Organization of activities “ Stop Violence Against Women 2015”: a) Exposition “Feminicide, impacting with numbers” ;b) Visualization of documentaries “Prohibido recordar” Saturrarán women jail in Spain where republican women were arrested for years after the Civil War in Spain and “This is not a country for women” about the situation of women in India.
-Visibilization of the Women in Medicine & Science giving their names to public spaces in the faculty. In 2015 a square of the faculty was for the first women in the Faculty of Medicine (year 1936) and planting a camelia in the Garden of Women in Science & Health.
- Foro “Emakumeak Medikuntzan” held in the Fac. of Medicine & Dentistry UPV/EHU 17th March 2015. Conference: Medicina, Mujeres y Ciencia: Estatus de la mujer en investigación.
- Permanent exposition in the Fac. of Medicine & Dentistry UPV/EHU “Mujeres, Medicina y Ciencia” / “ Women, Medicine & Science”
- President of the Gerder Equalty Committee of the Fac. of Medicine & Dentistry UPV/EHU
- First Sympossium of the Foro Emakumeak Medicuntzan “Foro Medicina en Femenino: cómo ven y sienten la Facultad las mujeres que estudian y trabajan en ella” granted by the Gender Equalty Department of the University of the Basque Country 2015.

ORGANIZATION OF CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA

- “Jornada Latinoamericanas en Ciencia y Salud”/”Latinamerican women in Science & Health” held in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry of the University of the Basque Country 16th October 2016. Under the auspices of the Foro Emakumeak Medikuntzan (Women in Medicine) of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU and granted by Dirección de Igualdad & Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry UPV/EHU.

- “IIª Jornada Iberoamericana para el diseño de medidas eficaces para el control de la resistencia a los antibióticos en aislamientos clínicos de Acinetobacter baumannii”/ “ 2nd Iberoamerican symposium to design control measures to stop resistance to antibiotics in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii” Under the auspices of the the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU and the Cooperation and Development Office UPV/EHU( 26th February, 2016)

“Iª Jornada Iberoamericana para el diseño de medidas eficaces para el control de la resistencia a los antibióticos en aislamientos clínicos de Acinetobacter baumannii”/ “ 1st Iberoamerican symposium to design control measures to stop resistance to antibiotics in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii” Under the auspices of the Cooperation and Development Office and Dptment. of Immunology, Microbiology & Parasitology of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU ( 25th September, 2014)







LANGUAGES
- English: Oficial Acreditation to teach in English in the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
- Arabic: initial level
- Basque language: levels 1 & 2 (Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Spain)

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Ethnic-Contemporary Dance Oriental Style Diploma including practical, methodological and antropological modules. Thesis tittled “Iconografía y significado de la serpiente en diferentes culturas de Oriente y Occidente” /” Iconography and meaning of the serpent in different Oriental and Western cultures” presented and defended in the Instituto de la Danza Alicia Alonso, University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain), October 2013. Awarded to form part of the documentary of the Alicia Alonso Institute library

Projection in Society:
- Conference “Probióticos: mito y realidad” Colegio Mayor Miguel de Unamuno UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain2015.
- Conferences “Zientzia egunak- Días de ciencia” organized by the University of the Basque Country, Students Union and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Bilbao, 2015. "Resistencias a los antibióticos" & "Bifidus: mitos y realidades"
-Participation in the documentaries about seropositivity artists filmed by the School of Theatre Cuarta Pared, IX Edición. “Grita: ¡Tengo SIDA!” & “Teaser Vidas Positivas”

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2013: Awarded with a certificate from The Fac. of Biochemistry & Pharmacy of the University of San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia, for the academic and research support.
2011: Awarded a Travel Fellowship by the University of the Basque Country as part of the Research Collaboration Programme. Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2009: Biography included in Who'sWho in Medicine and Healthcare
2008: Awarded with a certificate from the Syudents Union of the Fac. of Biochemistry & Pharmacy of the University of San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia, for the academic support.
2007, 2000, 1999: Awarded Travel Fellowship by the Spanish Goverment as part of the Research Collaboration Programme. Dptment. of Microbiology, Queen's Medical Centre, University Hospital of Nottingham
1997: Awarded a Travel Fellowship by the British Council and Basque Goverment as part of the Research Collaboration Programme. St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London
1992-1994: Awarded a research grant to collaborate in the project "Sondas de DNA para el estudio de resistencias a los antimicrobianos" (Basque Goverment).
1989-1992: Awarded a PhD Grant from the Basque Goverment.



Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Research
Teaching
I am the head of the Acinetobacter baumannii Research Group working on mechanisms of resistance to carbapenems (carbapenemases and plasmids as its genetic support) and persistance of multidrug-resistance isolates in the hospital environment. The aim of our research is to adquire relevant knowledge about the mechanisms of multidrug-resistance of clinical isolates producing OXA-type carbapenemases in our country and in Bolivia and its relationship with human health and illness. Current activities are the following: 1. Study of the mechanisms of multidrug-resistance clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii causing fatal infections specially in immunocompromises patients, and their survival in the nosocomial environment: 1.1. Development of control strategies in the hospital: a) Rapid detection and characterization of new carbapenemases and their role in the resistance to carbapenem antibiotics (last therapeutic option); b) Genetic typing of multidrug-resistant isolates ; c) Plasmids, integrons and ISAba sequences as mobile structures related with the spread and overexpression of the resistance 1.2.Analysis of persistance strategies in the nosocomial environment and determination of the environmental conditions needed for the survival of A. baumannii under stress conditions 2. Identification of new targets to erradicate multidrug-resistant isolates. This area includes the study of enzymes laccases and their role in the persistance of A. baumannii in the hospital environment surviving treatment with disinfectants and toxic compounds.

Workshop and Conference Attended

2015 Barcelona, Spain BIOMICROWORLD 2015, IV International Conference on Environmental Industrial and Applied Microbiology, Scietific Comittee
2015 Athens, Greece 10th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2013 Cologne, Germany 9th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2010 Rome, Italy 8th Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2010 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain III EDTC. Bit by bit. Unit to unit. Educational environments in cooperation
2009 Guatemala City, Guatemala - IV Conferencia de Latinoamericanas en las Ciencias Exactas y de la Vida
2009 Helsinki, Finland 19th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2008 La Paz, Bolivia 3er. Congreso Cientifico Nacional de la Organización Boliviana de Mujeres en Ciencias
2008 Barcelona, España 18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2007 Munich, Germany 17th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2006 Barcelona, Spain 7th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2005 Paris, France 25e Reunion Interdisciplinaire de Chimiotherapie Anti-infectieuse
2004 Dublin, Ireland 6th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2004 Prage, Check Republic - 14th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2007 A Coruña, Spain XII Reunion de la Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica
2015 Bilbao, Spain India Bilbao Congress 2015 / Society, Education & Art
2010 Bilbao, Spain II Jornadas sobre Desarrollo, Tecnología y Sociedad. Ingeniería Sin Fronteras País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Mugarik Gabeko Ingeniaritza
2009 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain 2as. Jornadas de Educación, Desarrollo, Tecnología y Cooperación. Nuevas formas en cooperación: Educación y TIC

Affiliations

European Society of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Presentation given

2015
Europe-Latin America Research Networks /Redes de Colaboración en Investigación Europa-América Latina
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Event: III Basque-Chilean Meeting on Biomedical Research/ III Encuentro Vasco-Chileno de investigación biomédica
2015
First report of an OXA-23 carbapenemase-producing Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolate in Bolivia
Athens, Greece
Event: 10th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2013
Genetic mapping of the region containing the blaOXA-58 gene in isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii
Cologne, Germany
Event: 9th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2013
Evolution of the antibiotic resistance and related mobile genetic structures in Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates from European Clone I from Northern Spain
Cologne, Germany
Event: 9th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2010
Multidrug-resistant clone of Acinetobacter baumannii producing the OXA-58 carbapenemase obtained from hospitals of Cochabamba, Bolivia
Rome, Italy
Event: 8th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2009
Detection of the OXA-58 carbapenemase in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii from Cochabamba, Bolivia
helsinki, Finland
Event: 19th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2009
Estudio de la presencia de carbapenemasas en clones de Acinetobacter baumannii resistentes a los antibióticos aislados en hospitales de Cochabamba, Bolivia
Guatemala city, Guatemala
Event: IV Conferencia de Latinoamericanas en las Ciencias Exactas y de la Vida
2009
Proyecto de cooperación Universidad del País Vasco (Bilbao, España) y Universidad Mayor de San Simón (Cochabamba, Bolivia) para el desarrollo de técnicas de Biología Molecular aplicadas control de microorganismos resistentes a los antibióticos
Guatemala city, Guatemala
Event: IV Conferencia de Latinoamericanas en las Ciencias Exactas y de la Vida
2009
Desarrollo de técnicas de Biología Molecular para el control de microorganismos resistentes a los antibióticos aislados en hospitales de Bolivia: proyecto de cooperación Universidad del País Vasco-Universidad Mayor de San Simón
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Event: 2as Jornadas de educación, desarrollo, tecnología y cooperación
2008
Caracterización de genes de resistencia en aislamientos de Acinetobacter baumannii resistentes a carbapenems aislados en hospitales de Cochabamba
La Paz, Bolivia
Event: 3er. Congreso Científico Nacional de la Organización Boliviana de Mujeres en Ciencia
2008
Molecular investigation of sequential isolates of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii clones producing the OXA-40 carbapenemase
Barcelona, Spain
Event: 18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2007
Carbapenem resistance among clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii from hospitals in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Munchen, Germany
Event: 17th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2007
Plasmid analysis and location of the OXA-40 carbapenemase gene in multidrug-resistant endemic clones of Acinetobacter baumannii
Munchen, Germany
Event: 17th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2006
Evolution of resistance to antibiotics and detection of carbapenemases since 1999 to 2005 in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii.
Barcelona, Spain
Event: 7th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter
2006
Study of resistance and clonal relatedness of clinical isolates of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia from a hospital from Northern Spain
Nice, France
Event: 16th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
2006
Evolution of antibiotic resistance and genetic characteristics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates resistant to imipenem
Nice, France
Event: 16th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Jul 2014
Acknowledgement Certificate from the authorities of the Fac. of Biochemistry & Pharmacy of the University of San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Certificate thanking for the academic and research support for the collaborative work from 2006 to present
Sep 2008
Acknowledgement Certificate from the Student Union of the Fac. of Biochemistry & Pharmacy of the University of San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Certificate thanking for the conferences given and support of the students union
Oct 2008
Abstract award from the 3er. Congreso Cientifico Nacional de la Organización Boliviana de Mujeres en Ciencias
Abstract was seleted to be presented in the General Congress in Beijing
Jan 2009
Who'sWho in Medicine and Healthcare Biographies
Personal biography included in the 2009-2010 edition where it can be found the profiles of leading educators, doctors, administrators and researchers from around the world